In 2004, Dave Roberts pinch-ran, stole second (barely) and sparked the Red Sox comeback from down 3-0 and three outs from being swept to overcoming that deficit and breaking the “Curse of the Bambino.” Those 2004 Red Sox came back from 0-3 down to beat the Yanks in the 2004 ALCS and went on the sweep the World Series. It was the Red Sox’ first WS title in 86 years.
It is being reported that Roberts will become the next manager of the Dodgers, replacing Don Mattingly, who left by mutual agreement. Mattingly is now the new manager of the Marlins.
Roberts becomes the first colored manager in Dodgers history.
Surprise, the AFL team that had Yankees prospects on it, lost the Arizona Fall League Championship a few days ago. Although catcher Gary Sanchez played well in the league and was considered, he was not named the AFL MVP.
Josh Harper of the Washington Nationals was the unanimous winner of the NL MVP, and Josh Donaldson of Toronto was announced the AL MVP last night.
Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees received consideration.
Harper is one of the youngest players to win the award.
Dallas Keuchel of Houston and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs were announced as the CYA winners last night for the AL and NL respectively.
Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances of the Yankees each got some CYA consideration in the voting.
The Brewers traded closer K-Rod to the Tigers.
The AL and NL MVPs will be announced tonight.
Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers were named the Managers of the Year last night.
Joe Girardi of the Yankees finished fifth.
David Ortiz is apparently retiring at the end of the 2016 season.
Mike Harkey is back as the Yankees bullpen coach as the Yanks are bringing back almost all of their coaches. The only other change was at hitting coach, reported earlier.
Yogi Berra and Willie Mays are two of the newest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s too bad Yogi died before he could receive the award.
The Rookies of the Year were named: Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Carlos Correa of Houston.
Brett Gardner may or may not be still on the trading block, but one possible suitor (Seattle) may be out after the Mariners made a deal with Texas for Leonys Martin.
The managers of the year will be announced tonight.
The Red Sox made a huge splash, trading four prospects to SD for Craig Kimbrel. It sets up an interesting back end of the bullpen for them.
Meanwhile, a strange ending to an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday night. After a tenth-inning double, an appeal was made, stating that the runner missed first. The pitcher threw the ball over the first baseman’s head into the camera well for two bases—and the winning run.
Well, one Yankee won a postseason award.
After getting shut out for Gold Glove winners, the Yankees’ Brian McCann nabbed a Silver Slugger Award for the best hitting catcher in the AL for 2015.
McCann hit just .232, but had 26 HR and 94 RBI. OPS+107.
The workload may have taken a toll in September, however. In the last 23 games that McCann played in the regular season, he hit .167 with just one extra-base hit, dropping that batting average from .245 to .232. The Yanks will have to try to keep him fresh for down the stretch in September 2016.